The purpose of this interview is to write an article spotlighting Members of our Board and their engagement with THEARI for our community.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Where you’re from, where you live, family info (kids, pets, etc.).
I grew up in New Jersey. Went to Penn State for my undergrad in Anthropology. Joined the Peace Corps and spent two and a half years in Mongolia. After returning home, I joined AmeriCorps VISTA and went to Fairbanks, Alaska. That was followed by law school. Then four years in the Navy with the JAG Corps in San Diego. I have also earned an MS in Healthcare law and policy. I am married and have two little boys, ages 10 and 7 and one aging cat. I have had breast cancer twice and am constantly seeking my new normal. I do enjoy photography when I have the chance. I finally put up a portfolio online found HERE that I forget about.
If you could plan a vacation to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Finland to stay in one of those hotels with the room that’s all open glass to watch the northern lights.
What is one item you cannot live without?
What is your favorite hobby?
Gardening when I have time.
Can you tell us about where you work, how long you’ve been working there, what your position is, and a little bit about what you do?
I am an attorney in a small firm. It is just the two of us. My partner is a good friend of mine who invited me to come work with him when I told him how hard it was to find a job after being out of the workplace for so long due to kids and cancer.
We do predominately criminal work. However, my partner has encouraged me to pursue health law as that is my passion. Right now, I am working the patient side of health care, building a business around patient advocacy (insurance appeals/medical debt issues/disability applications) and elder law (guardianships/conservatorships/poa’s).
Why did you join the THEARI BOD?
I want to be involved in healthcare in Colorado beyond attorney work.
How long have you been a member of the THEARI BOD?
What is one of your favorite THEARI stories you like to tell?
I love the story about the project where our AmeriCorps members called 80 pharmacies to confirm stock of Naloxone.
What is your proudest accomplishment as part of the THEARI BOD?
Participating in the 2020 strategic planning session and helping to identify our main goal in capacity building.
What are your top three goals for THEARI in the coming year?
See the staff actualize their vision/goals for their positions and the organization.